Many people take nonprescription antacids for mild or
Antacids are substances that neutralize some of
the stomach acid.
Some antacids have a foaming agent (alginate)
that floats on top of the stomach's contents. This may reduce the amount of
acid that comes in contact with your esophagus.
Examples of nonprescription antacids include:
Be careful when you take over-the-counter antacid medicines. Many of these medicines have aspirin in them. Read the label to make sure that you are not taking more than the recommended dose. Too much aspirin can be harmful. If you are pregnant, do not take aspirin or medicines that contain aspirin unless your doctor says it is okay.
Most nonprescription antacids are safe to use during
pregnancy to treat heartburn symptoms. Antacids that contain sodium bicarbonate
should not be taken by pregnant women because they can cause fluid
If you need to use antacids frequently, talk with your
doctor or pharmacist about his or her recommendations and cautions. Be sure
to follow the package directions.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerArvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology